Last week, someone shared with me an insight that they had gained serving as a volunteer at Resurrection.
You can’t lead beyond the leader.
If you are not ultimately responsible for a ministry area, worship service, congregation, or nearly any other grouping of people there is always some limit on what you can implement. The leader has to make space for engagement, different perspectives and empower those that are being lead.
As a leader, equipping others is one of the most important things that I do.
As a follower, patience, encouragement and service are valuable in making progress.
In my pastoral ministry, I hope to be effective at bearing fruit in God’s kingdom. I believe that one of the ways that I can be part of God’s work is to be excellent at equipping people.
There are some things that I can do, say or ways that I can be that can bear fruit in God’s kingdom. As a United Methodist Elder, there are things that are distinctively my role – word, order, sacrament and service. While there are things that I can do, I believe that it is more important for me to be about equipping other people for God’s work.
Sometimes I hesitate to equip others because there are times when it is faster and easier to just do something myself. It is far more important that I be about helping people live out the gifts that they have as part of the community. Equipping others is one of my most important roles as a pastor.
What do you do to equip others? What are effective ways of calling out God’s gifts in others?
As a pastor, I believe that equipping others for God’s work in the world is my primary role. I believe that if, as a leader, I can be effective in this area the impact on the world will grow exponentially. Currently, I find myself most active in this area in working with a team of Congregational Care Ministers. I have seen the care for the congregation increase far beyond what I would be able to do by myself as this team continues to grow and develop. I hope to continue to equip them in new and different ways.
I believe that this will be an important role no matter what future church setting I might find myself in.
How do you equip others for God’s work?
What have you found to be helpful in this area?
Are there any resources or events that you would recommend?
One of the projects that I have worked on in 2008 was equipping others to blog, primarily co-workers at Resurrection. I have posted some of the resources that I created on the Resources page. I recently was tipped off by, WordPress.com FAQ Screencasts that screencasts have been created which are very helpful in figuring out the ins and outs of WordPress.com. You can view the getting started video or find all of their screencasts here…
Have you been thinking about starting a blog but just need a little extra encouragement? Send me an email with “blog” in the subject line and I will send along some encouragement and direction.
I hope to equip other Resurrection staff to blog. In a few weeks, I will be leading a set of two workshops:
Blogging 101: Introduction – What is it? Why would I want to do it?
Blogging 201: Getting Started – Hands on at a computer
Here is the deal, I need your help in making sure that this is the best possible presentation. I have developed the following presentation for use in the 101 course. I will use Keynote live so the transitions and formatting will be much smoother, but the main content is here.